I keep two or three projects running simultaneously, and let them draw my attention only when one of them has something new to tell me, indicating me how to best continue. When that inspiration has run dry, another one is already beckoning me to work on it. This way I have few lapses, and the job is done painlessly, particularly if I combine it with the technique described in my post ‘How to Get Things Done: Save Time’.
Basically, I focus on my projects as notions of what I want to achieve, for instance: a) clearing books, magazines, notes and unwanted material from my living area, b) doing Creative Writing and c) maintaining this Blog.
I then drop these notions onto my mind, no pressure, no deadline, no timeline, and let my mind and my projects negotiate the best terms and conditions for its effective realisation. I let them synchronise and inspire me to do the right thing at the right time in the best of circumstances. Overlapping of activities, in a stream of self-arranged moments, is the optimal way of getting things done.
Overlapping of visions can be applied to establish successful collaborations with other individuals: forcing (or being forced) one’s views into another person is never a good recipe for a long-term relationship. Find out what you and your client/partner/friend wants to achieve, and let your overlapping visions rule and dictate the terms and conditions of your personal/business relationships.